Stoerner Enjoying Time In Broadcast Booth

LITTLE ROCK — Clint Stoerner never imagined himself as the kind of guy that would end up in a broadcast booth.

But the former Arkansas and NFL quarterback got an on-air opportunity Saturday to show his football knowledge as he was the color analyst in the pay-per-view production of Arkansas' game against Louisiana-Monroe.

Stoerner, who also did the color analysis of Arkansas' televised spring game, said it's a job that he enjoys and hopes he gets to do more often.

"It's a little different being up in the booth, it's really not a place I ever imagined I'd be at when I was playing," Stoerner said. "But I'm really enjoying it."

In Stoerner's career at Arkansas, he set single-game records for career pass completions (528), passing yards in a game (387 against LSU in 1997) and consecutive passes without an interception (134).

Stoerner is also well known for leading Arkansas to a 27-6 victory over Texas in the 2000 Cotton Bowl.

"I think with me being a former quarterback, I have a pretty good feel for what's happening on the field," Stoerner said. "I know exactly what the players are going through because I've been there before."

Stoerner credited broadcasters like Paul Eells (former Arkansas radio announcer), Sean Salisbury (ESPN) and Darren Woodson (ESPN) for the motivation he needed to step into the broadcast booth.

"Paul Eells always told me that'd I'd be good at something like this, so I kind of consider it like I'm following in his footsteps," Stoerner said.

Stoerner, who lives in Little Rock, said he's working for a medical equipment company and is also working with charities providing help to children with Down Syndrome. He also devotes time every summer to helping kids with their football skills in various sports camps.

Television Troubles

Several Arkansas fans who paid to watch Arkansas' game against Louisiana-Monroe on pay-per-view apparently didn't get to see or hear much at all.

The game was sporadically blacked out in some areas across the state, including Northwest Arkansas, because of technical difficulties throughout the cable company and satellite problems, said Kevin Trainor, associate athletic director for media relations and communications.

"We were aware of the audio problems and I think most of it got resolved," Trainor said. "It's certainly something we'll fix in the future and make sure it doesn't happen again."

Arkansas' game was offered on pay-per-view for the first time since 1999 when Arkansas played its season opener against Southern Methodist University. The cost to watch the game was $34.99.

Clark Staying Busy

Despite his busy work schedule these days, Wesley Clark said he always tries to make time for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Clark, a retired General of the United States Army and a former presidential candidate, attended Saturday's game with friends and family.

"I think we've got a really, really great coach and we have some tremendous talent on the team," said Clark, who lives in Little Rock.

Although Clark is involved in private business, he still campaigns for people all over the United States. In fact, Clark was in California on Friday assisting various campaigns for upcoming elections in November.

"I still enjoy traveling all over the world doing this kind of stuff," Clark said. "I never really slow down."

Clark commanded Operation Allied Force in Kosovo during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000.

Johnson Relates To Players

Former Arkansas quarterback and receiver Robert Johnson said Saturday that he knows exactly what this year's players are going through.

"It's not easy going through a new coaching staff," said Johnson, whose brother, Rashaad, plays free safety this year. "I think people just have to realize that it may be a long year and they they'll eventually grow and get better."

During Johnson's career, he completed 113 passes for 1,214 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 19 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns.

"I miss being out there on the field," Johnson said. "When you do it that long, it's hard to give it up. But I plan on going to as many games as I can this season. I'll always be a Razorback."

Extra Points

• Arkansas must have been anxious to get Saturday's game started after running onto the field a little prematurely. Normally, the Razorbacks run through the ‘A' while the Razorback Marching Band plays the fight song. On Saturday, the team — led by Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino — ran onto the field while the crowd was still calling the Hogs, making for an awkward moment.

• At the end of the first quarter, the stadium's public address announcer gave the crowd a few scores from Saturday's other college football games. When the announcer revealed that Wake Forest beat Ole Miss 30-28, the crowd let out a loud cheer. Ole Miss is coached by former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt.

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